Connecting Generations

Connecting Generations

In 2009, The Village’s founders wanted to find a way for those over 50 to actively live with people of all ages and abilities, to enhance the quality of life for the whole community. Inspired by the national Village movement, they founded The Village Chicago.

This impulse to live intergenerationally has enriched all our lives. Knowledge, fresh perspectives and friendships flow freely among us all — members and their families, young volunteers, our office team and the new Bridging Generations Board — as we actively connect the generations.

Let’s Celebrate!

You are invited to celebrate the Village’s 10th anniversary with a year-long tribute to living intergenerationally: Connecting Generations. Throughout 2019, you will have many opportunities to participate in programs, events and gatherings that will expand and enrich our connections to people of all ages.

Members and friends of the Village are encouraged to lead the charge with your own ideas of ways to connect generations. And, if you have stories about how you have connected with younger generations that you wish to share, we will post them on our website.

To play a role in this great celebration, please contact The Village Chicago.

First Event in the Celebration:

Marc Freedman Comes to the Village!

For our kickoff event we are excited to host Marc Freedman on his How to Live Forever book tour on January 22, 2019 at the DePaul University Student Center. His book is currently #1 on the Wall Street Journal’s “Best Books of 2018 on Aging Well.” For more information and to register for this event, click here.

The event host committee continues to grow (click here to see the host committee in formation), and there is still time to join! Your key responsibilities are to attend the event and recruit five additional people to attend. Please click here to read an invitation letter from Host Committee Chair Dick Sullivan and to find a form to join the host committee.

Coming in February!

Announcing New Co-Mentoring Program: Ageless Innovators

When it comes to building and managing an organization, everyone, no matter how old or young, has something to teach and something to learn. That’s why starting in 2019, The Village Chicago in partnership with Chicago Innovators is launching Chicago’s first intergenerational co-mentoring program for innovators.

Everyone involved in Ageless Innovators will be both a mentor and a mentee. We are looking for accomplished, successful leaders. Applications are now open for the inaugural February-July cohort. Participants receive one-on-one mentoring based on their needs/goals, access to unique events, and more. To apply for this new program, click here.

To learn more about this exciting program click here for a factsheet, and see this short video.